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Dog poo problems increased by lockdown says Hartlepool business owner

A Hartlepool businesswoman said lockdown has left the town with a bigger dog poo problem than ever before.

Michelle Peek said she has seen a huge increase in the amount of faeces not being picked up by irresponsible owners outside her shop and indeed throughout the area.

Michelle, who runs Peeky’s Barbers in Oxford Road, said she is constantly dodging piles of waste on her walk into work.

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And, when she highlighted the issue on social media, scores of angry residents said it was an issue in all areas of Hartlepool.

Michelle said: “I walk to work with my friend every day and that is unfortunately what we see, dog poo all over the paths and streets.

“It’s just crazy, I don’t get it. People buy these £3,000 dogs and then don’t bother catering to their needs and looking after them, which involved picking up after them.”

Michelle said she has been running her business for five years and has seen the problem increase, at the moment she has to go out at least twice a week to pick dog poo up from outside her shop.



Latest example of dog poo left outside Peeky’s Barbers.

She said: “It has got worse over lockdown, because everybody bought dogs, but they are not prepared to pick up after them.”

A dog-owner herself, Michelle said the blame has to lie with owners.

She said: “It is just lazy owners who won’t pick it up or don’t bother carrying poo bags when they go out.

“It is a big problem for residents and businesses. There really is no need for it.

“Why can’t everyone be proud of the outside, like they are of their homes.”

However, she said she would like to see Hartlepool Council provide more dog poo bins, with maybe dog poo bags attached to them.

When Michelle raised the issue on social media she was inundated with support with people saying the problem was in lots of other areas of the town, including The Headland, Seaton Carew, Rossmere and Owton Manor.

Pear Stacey said: “It’s always been the same in Hartlepool the first thing you notice when you come to this town is litter and dog mess.”

Chantele Dawes said: “We are the nursery at the bottom and we are forever needing to swill dog poo as we find children and parents standing in it even right outside the nursery gate and door.”

Stephen Flounders said: “It is a town wide problem, too many lazy dog ​​owners who don’t care about others.”

A Hartlepool Council spokesperson said: “As an authority, we spend significant sums of money keeping the town’s streets and open spaces clean and providing dog foul bins and litter bins to enable people to dispose of their waste responsibly.

“There is absolutely no excuse for dog fouling. It is the responsibility of all dog owners to clean up after their animals and bagged dog waste can be put in either dog foul or standard litter bins. Where no bin is immediately available, the waste should be taken home and disposed of appropriately.

“Where our Civil Enforcement Officers are able to gather evidence of a dog owner failing to clear up after their animal, they will issue them with a Fixed Penalty Notice.

“If a problem with persistent dog fouling occurs in a particular area, we would ask residents/businesses to provide us with as much information as possible about those responsible – including the time of day they walk their dogs – and we will direct resources to that area in an attempt to tackle the problem.

“Dog fouling can be reported online at https://online.hartlepool.gov.uk or by calling (01429) 523333.”

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